There is a critical need for a flexible and dynamic approach to building disaster resilience that goes beyond risk mitigation. More than 50% of the world’s population currently lives in cities. By 2050, this figure is expected to increase to 70%, or 6.4 billion people. Climate change impacts, including rising sea level, more frequent and severe storms, coastal erosion and declining freshwater sources will likely exacerbate urban issues, in particular in poor and vulnerable communities that lack adequate infrastructure and services.
Building Urban Resilience: Principles, Tools, and Practice is a practical resource designed to give planners and practitioners an intuitive way to build elements of resilience into urban governance and planning. The report is available at: